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Whittier, California

Whittier College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Whittier College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
74.1%
Admission Difficulty for Whittier College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Whittier College and can I get accepted? The school has a 74% acceptance rate ranking it #81 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,277 out of 5,773 applicants were admitted making Whittier College a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 43 percent. Whittier College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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Whittier College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1090-1290
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for Whittier College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1090
SAT Scores for Whittier College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 620
SAT Composite 75th 1290
Average SAT Score 1190

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Whittier College?

Whittier College typically requires applicants to be in the top 43 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1090 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 990. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1190 out of 1600. The school ranks #39 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Whittier College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1290 and Above Good >83%
1190 to 1290 Avg + 74%-83%
1090 to 1190 Avg - 63%-74%
990 to 1090 Reach 50%-63%
Less than 990 Low <50%
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Whittier College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
40%
ACT Scores for Whittier College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Whittier College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Whittier College?

Admission data indicates that Whittier College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #35 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Whittier College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Whittier College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >83%
24 to 27 Avg + 74%-83%
21 to 24 Avg - 63%-74%
18 to 21 Reach 50%-63%
Less than 18 Low <50%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.47
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need above average high school grades to get into Whittier College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Whittier College was 3.47 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #39 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Whittier College accepts 74% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Whittier College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 19% Good
3.50 to 3.75 20% Good
3.25 to 3.50 24% Avg +
3.00 to 3.25 19% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 14% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 4% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

89% of Whittier College freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Whittier College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 23%
Top 25% of class 39%
Top 50% of class 89%
Bottom 50% of class 11%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Whittier College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,440 2,333 5,773
Accepted 2,593 1,684 4,277
Acceptance Rate 75% 72% 74%
Enrolled 284 236 520
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 14% 12%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Whittier College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Whittier College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Whittier College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=125763 IPEDS survey data for Whittier College.